Tuesday, April 28, 2009

More police to patrol naxal areas in DK, Udupi

By Team Mangalorean Bangalore

BANGALORE, April 27, 2009: Following naxal threat to peaceful holding of elections in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi-Chikmagalur Lok Sabha constituencies on April 30, the Election Commission has decided to deploy more police personnel to ensure free and fair poll.

Karnataka Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) M. N. Vidyashankar told the media on Monday the deputy commissioners of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Chikmagalur had sought deployment of additional Karnataka State Reserve Police (KSRP) and other battalions in some of the polling booths on account of naxals threat to disturb polling. As many as 148 polling stations have been set up in three districts, he said.

However, the CEO has refused to give the exact number of police to be deployed in three districts on the polling day.
He said a delegation led by Chief Election Commissioner of Bhutan will visit Karnataka for four days from Tuesday to study the process of conducting Lok Sabha elections in the State.

The delegation led by CEC Dasho Kunzang would arrive in Bangalore on Tuesday morning and hold discussions with Mr. Vidyashankar.

The delegation would leave for Mysore on Wednesday for three days to study the election process. The delegation would also meet the Bharat Electronic Limited officials and discuss the manufacturing and functioning electronic voting machines, Mr. Vidyashankar said.

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